Ezekiel Wiley is a well known, greatly loved Brunswick business man, considered a philanthropist that was always willing to help neighbors and church members in need.
On Wednesday, someone broke into his home. He quietly reached for his gun and fired six shots at the intruder. He could not see the person’s face but could see that he was holding a knife. The intruder, William Bernard Stafford, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene and that is when Wiley realized that he has known the intruder who had broken into his home for more than 25 years. He was a man, he considered as his ‘godson.’ The intruder’s mother lived a few houses down from Wiley and is actually considered his ‘spiritual mother.’ The intruder’s mother, Rev. Carlee Wiley too is very loved by the community. Wiley was close to both mother and son.
Even though she is grieving for her son, who police says had been arrested eight times between 1994 and 2009 for such crimes as forgery, burglary, assault, battery and shoplifting, she still had a mother’s love but also understand Wiley’s action. Wiley had been in the hospital and perhaps William thought he was not at home.
Wiley is sorry for his death but felt he had no other choice but to protect himself. No charges were filed.